Hearing Tuesday For Assistant Speaker Clark’s Maternal Mental Health Legislation

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In full transparency, the following is a press release from Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark’s office to SOURCE media. Clark is the congresswoman for this area. She is a Democrat. (stock photo)


WASHINGTON DC – On Tuesday, April 5 the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing entitled, “Communities in Need: Legislation to Support Mental Health and Well-Being”

 Last month, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark introduced the Into the Light Act, bicameral and bipartisan legislation that will reauthorize and expand a grant program to screen and treat maternal mental health and substance use disorders. 

This federal program was originally created through Clark’s Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act, which was signed into law in 2016. 

The new bill will add training on trauma-informed care and bridge gaps in health equity by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services for pregnant and postpartum mothers.  

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health has jurisdiction over issues such as public health, health disparities, biomedical research and development, public and private health insurance, the regulation of human and animal drugs, vaccines and other biological products, medical devices, food, cosmetics, tobacco, and substance use and misuse, among other issues. 

Clark is not a member of the Committee.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 10:15 a.m.

Watch on CSPAN.


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